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Taxonavigation: Caryophyllales
Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Ordo: Caryophyllales

Familia: Cactaceae
Subfamilia: Cactoideae
Tribus: Rhipsalideae
Genus: Lepismium
Subgenera: L. subg. Lepismium – L. subg. Ophiorhipsalis
Species overview: L. cruciformis – L. floribundum – L. houlletianum – L. lineare – L. lorentzianum – L. lumbricoides – L. warmingianum
Source(s) of checklist:

Lepismium Pfeiff., Allg. Gartenzeitung 3: 315. , 380. 1835.
Type species: L. commune Pfeiff., nom. illeg.


Lepismium subg. Eulepismium F.M.Knuth in Backeb. & F.M.Knuth, Kaktus-ABC 57, 156. 1936, nom. inval.

Nothorhipsalis Doweld, Sukkulenty 4(1-2): 29. 2001 publ. 2002.
Type species: Nothorhipsalis houlletiana (Lem.) Doweld
Ophiorhipsalis (K.Schum.) Doweld, Sukkulenty 4(1-2): 37. 2001 publ. 2002.
Type species: Ophiorhipsalis lumbricoides (Lem.) Doweld

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Southern America
Regional: Southern South America
Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay
Regional: Brazil
Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition
Primary references

Pfeiffer, L.K.G. (1835) Allg. Gartenzeitung 3: 315. , 380.

Additional references

Barthlott, W.A. (1987) New names in Rhipsalidinae (Cactaceae). Bradleya 5: 97–100.
Farr, E. R. & Zijlstra, G. eds. (1996-) Index Nominum Genericorum (Plantarum). 2009 Nov 11 [1].


Govaerts, R. et al. 2021. Lepismium in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2021 Mar 03. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2021. Lepismium. Published online. Accessed: Mar 03 2021. 2021. Lepismium. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2021 Mar 03.
Hassler, M. 2021. Lepismium. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2021. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2021 Mar 03. Reference page.

Vernacular names

Lepismium is a genus of mostly epiphytic cacti, with a dozen species. They are found in tropical South America.

The following genera have been brought into synonymy with this genus:

Acanthorhipsalis (K.Schum.) Britton & Rose
Acanthorhipsalis Kimnach
Pfeiffera Salm-Dyck


Species accepted by the Plants of the World Online as of February 2021:[1]

Lepismium cruciforme (Vell.) Miq.
Lepismium floribundum Süpplie
Lepismium houlletianum (Lem.) Barthlott
Lepismium lineare (K.Schum.) Barthlott
Lepismium lorentzianum (Griseb.) Barthlott
Lepismium lumbricoides (Lem.) Barthlott
Lepismium warmingianum (K.Schum.) Barthlott


"Lepismium". Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanic Gardens Kews. 2021. Retrieved 25 February 2021.

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